Do I Need a Building Permit?
The Town of Sahuarita Building Safety Division works to safeguard public health and safety through the plan check, permit, and inspection processes. To ensure that the minimum safety requirements and standards are met, most construction activities, including alterations, replacements, and repair work require permits and inspections. The following minor installations, repairs, or replacements may be exempt from obtaining building permits. Please note that certain projects may require a Zoning Clearance even if a building permit is not required.
Please contact the Building Safety Division for additional information.
- Building Permit Not Required
- Electrical Permit Not Required
- Plumbing Permit Not Required
- Mechanical Permit Not Required
- One-story detached accessory structures used as tool or storage sheds, children’s playhouses, or similar uses. Structures shall not exceed 200 square feet and should not include any plumbing, electrical, or mechanical installations.
- Masonry walls up to 6 feet in height; or wood, vinyl, wrought iron, or similar fences up to 7 feet in height.
- Retaining walls not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall.
- Private concrete pathways and driveways.
- Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work.
- Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 18 inches in depth.
- Decks not exceeding 200 square feet in area, not more than 30 inches above grade at any point, not attached to the dwelling, and do not serve the exit door.
- Installation, repair, or replacement of window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
- Listed cord-and-plug connected temporary decorative lighting;
- Re-installation of attachment plug receptacles but not the outlets;
- Replacement of branch circuit overcurrent devices of the required capacity in the same location;
- Electrical wiring, devices, appliances, apparatus or equipment operating at less than 25 volts and not capable of supplying more than 50 watts of energy;
- Minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.
- Repair of leaks or basic defects (i.e., value stem, cartridge, angle stop, etc.), provided no new installation of any additional materials are required.
- Replacement of exposed traps serving fixtures, provided approved traps are used and properly installed.
- Replacement of defective or unapproved faucets serving sinks, lavatories and bathtubs, provided approved type faucets are used and properly installed.
- Use of any listed and approved portable heating, ventilating, or cooling unit/appliance.
- Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
- Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds or less of refrigerant or that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower or less.